School of Mathematics

Existence and uniqueness of Green's function to a nonlinear Yamabe problem

Yanyan Li
Rutgers University
March 6, 2019

Abstract: For a given finite subset S of a compact Riemannian manifold (M; g) whose Schouten curvature tensor belongs to a given cone, we establish a necessary and
sufficient condition for the existence and uniqueness of a conformal metric on $M \setminus S$ such that each point of S corresponds to an asymptotically flat end and
that the Schouten tensor of the new conformal metric belongs to the boundary of the given cone.  This is a joint work with Luc Nguyen.

Normalized harmonic map flow

Michael Struwe
ETH Zürich
March 6, 2019

Abstract: Finding non-constant harmonic 3-spheres for a closed target manifold N is a prototype of a super-critical variational problem. In fact, the 
direct method fails, as the infimum of the Dirichlet energy in any homotopy class of maps from the 3-sphere to any closed N is zero; moreover, the 
harmonic map heat flow may blow up in finite time, and even the identity map from the 3-sphere to itself is not stable under this flow. 

Spacetime positive mass theorem

Lan-Hsuan Huang
University of Connecticut; von Neumann Fellow, School of Mathematics
March 5, 2019

Abstract: The spacetime positive mass theorem says that an asymptotically flat initial data set with the dominant energy condition must have a timelike energy-momentum vector, unless the initial data set is in the Minkowski spacetime. We will review backgrounds and recent progress toward this statement. 

Liouville Equations and Functional Determinants

Andrea Malchiodo
Scuola Normale Superiore
March 5, 2019

Abstract:  Functional Determinants are quantities constructed out of spectra of conformally covariant operators, and are explicit in dimension two and four, due to formulas by Polyakov and Branson-Oersted. Extremizing them in a conformal class amounts to solving Liouville equations with principal parts of different order but all scaling invariant. We discuss some existence, uniqueness, non-uniqueness results and some open problems. This is joint work with M.Gursky and P.Esposito.